In 2009, Delaware River Basin native and filmmaker Josh Fox was presented with an interesting proposal: lease his family land to a natural gas company for a new method of drilling called hydraulic fracturing, and get a cheque for $100,000. The money was very good. Fox wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and let the money roll in. Curious about the process, Fox embarks on an exploration of other families in the Northeast, where natural gas drilling was already in progress, to observe firsthand any potential downsides. He found an endless string of frustrated and sick Americans whose land has become toxic, whose drinking water has become flammable and whose hair is falling out, and whose complaints are going ignored by the natural gas corporations and the American government. Gasland travels across twenty-four states, documenting the pitfalls and perils of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in American history.